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Fine Arts and Music Collection iconFine Arts and Music Collection
Hundreds of full-text magazines and journals to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Pop Culture Collection iconPopular Culture Collection
Articles that support research in a social science, history, art or liberal arts.
Search for museums to visit by country, state, city, museum name, or artist. You can also search for specialty topics or browse the “offbeat” section for unique or unusual museums.


All Movie Guide
A comprehensive database of movie information, including plot synopses and actor bios.

Search for movie reviews by title, plot, characters, setting, or style. Moving Image Archive
This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.

Documentary Heaven
Watch free documentaries online.

Documentary Tube
Documentary Tube videos come from places like Daily Motion, YouTube, and Google Video. The catalog is arranged thematically.

Hundreds of documentaries organized into two dozen categories. produces and hosts high-quality documentary films and photographs. The films and images focus on exploring the world and the work of non-profit organizations around the world. The films and images are organized by destination. There are twelve destinations in all including China, Tibet, the Middle East, and India.

A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites.

Internet Archive – Moving Pictures
This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
The most comprehensive movie-related site on the Web.

Movie Review Query Engine
A searchable database of reviews, news, interviews and other material associated to specific movies.

PBS Video
Watch documentaries and PBS shows free online.

Stream full-length films, documentaries, foreign films and TV series for free.  Ad-supported.

Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times
A searchable database of Roger Ebert’s full-text movie reviews since 1985.

SHOUT! FACTORY TV is a free-to-the viewer, ad-supported video offering containing full-length television shows, movies, specials, and original content viewable through desktop computers, mobile, tablet, and “over-the’top” devices such as Roku.

Collection of documentaries and films that can be viewed on-demand for free. If you are interested in using this site for teaching purposes, try the companion site, SnagLearning, which offers categorization by grade level and content, as well as discussion guides.

A selection of niche movies, cult series, acclaimed festival darlings, all the classics, and hidden gems from all around the world.  Ad-supported.

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All Music Guide
For all types of music other than classical. Information on styles, artists, and albums. Also includes a glossary of music terms.
A comprehensive listing of over 10,000 record label web sites indexed by genre, format, and location. It can be searched by label name.

Billboard Online
Music news, charts, archives, and artist features.

FestivalFinder: Music Festivals of North America
A guide to upcoming music festivals in the U. S. and Canada. Search by genre, performer, location, festival date, and more.

Free Music Archive
The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. Every mp3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era.

Historic American Sheet Music
The Historic American Sheet Music Project provides access to digital images of 3042 pieces of sheet music published in America between 1850 and 1920.

Internet Archive – Live Music
The Internet Archive has teamed up with to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy.

Lyrics World
Specializes in lyrics for rock and pop songs that charted in the Top 40 from 1930 to 1999. Browse by title or artist.

Create a free account to download public domain audio files and sheet music.

Pandora Radio
Pandora Radio, inspired by The Music Genome Project, allows you to create personal radio stations to suit your individual taste. You can organize your profile by selecting a favorite artist, choosing a music genre, or searching a particular song; Pandora will then find songs by artists with a similar style and ask you to guide them with a thumbs up or thumbs down to more tunes you would like to hear.

Theta Music Training
Games for learning music and training your ear.

Ultimate Band List
Bands and more!

Wolfgang’s Vault
“Listen free to live music from the greatest concerts of the past 60 years.”

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Performing Arts

Costumer’s Manifesto
Illustrations of costumes from Ancient Babylon through the late century.

The Internet Broadway Database
The official archival database for Broadway theatre information.

Live Broadway
The official website of Broadway.

Talkin’ Broadway
Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre news, discussion, and reviews.
Offers multiple ways to search for a happening: by category, by search engine, or by a geographic region.

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The Encyclopedia of Television
Programs, people, historic moments, trends, and topics such as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal. Includes histories of major television networks as well as broadcasting systems around the world.

The Episode Guides Page
Links to trivia and information on “virtually every TV show ever broadcast.”

Opening themes for TV shows
Search for a specific title or browse by decade to watch/listen to the opening themes of hundreds of TV shows.

TV Guide
Televisions and movie news, reviews, and schedules.
View episode guides and cast and crew information for current and classic TV shows.

Local Channels:

CBS : WRGB, Channel 6

ABC : WTEN, Channel 10

NBC : WNYT, Channel 13

Fox : Fox23, Channel 8

The CW : The CW, Channel 45

PBS : WMHT, Channel 17

Time Warner Cable News : Time Warner, Channel 9

My4Albany : Independent Channel, Albany, Channel 4 (Time Warner), Channel 51 (DirectTV), 7112 (Dish Network), 51.1 (Over the air)

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Visual Arts

100 Top Tools for Graphic Designers
List of online resources from free web tools to full-featured paid software.

An index of online museums and image archives. Find out where the works of over 7,500 different fine artists can be viewed online.

Definitions for more than 3,300 art-related terms. Research Library
Articles from the Grove Dictionary of Art on artist’s biographies, materials and techniques, and styles and movements.

Art and architecture resources.
American artists directory with biographical information, bibliography, images, museum holdings, dealer listings, and more.

Google Art Project
Explore more than 1,000 works of art from 17 of the world’s top museums.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Provides an overview of the history of art as illustrated and represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

Impressionism from European Museums
A virtual tour, based on an exhibit in 1999, that highlights the major themes of Impressionism. This site is created by The Seattle Museum of Art and includes images of paintings and downloadable lesson plans for teachers.

Louvre Museum Official Website
In English.

Mark Harden’s Artchive
More than 2,000 scans of fine art from over 200 different artists.

National Gallery of Art
Painting, Sculpture and graphic arts collection.

Virtual Library Museums Pages
A directory of online museums around the world.

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Find local live music. Choosing Albany, NY and selecting a 30 mile radius includes most Capital Region venues.

Albany Civic Theater

Albany Symphony Orchestra

Capital Repertory Theatre

The Egg

New York State Theatre Institute

The Palace Theatre

Park Playhouse

Proctor’s Theatre

Schenectady Light Opera Company

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)

Stageworks Hudson

Tang Museum

Times Union Center

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

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